Welcome to the Fantastic Creatures Anthology Scavenger Hunt!
I am so excited to share Fantastic Creatures. An anthology filled with strange and unusual creatures, some famous others lesser known, all of them are fantastic. Twenty authors and eighteen creatures! My short story Mystery of Asgina Lake is included 😉 First, let me explain– this is a scavenger hunt. You know what that means, we give you clues and you find them for cool stuff. Stop by, read each blog post, and then find the clues (a number featured in each post) for the chance to win a kindle fire and awesome e-books from participating authors. Who doesn’t like free books?
Today, I have the wonderful fantasy author H.L.Burke writing about the Pacific Tree Octopus.
Absolutely True Facts about the Pacific Tree Octopus
“Being gullible wouldn’t be such a big deal if people didn’t lie so much.”
Especially big brothers.
It’s kind of odd how being trusting or gullible can be seen as a bad trait. Obviously, some healthy skepticism is an important survival skill, but once upon a time, we were all young and naive and probably some tricksy relative took advantage of that to send us looking for a solar powered flashlight or convinced us that if we stuck our tongue in our lost-tooth-gap our children would be born naked.
When I found out about the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus site, I was old enough to recognize it as a clever but relatively harmless hoax. However, upon discovering that it is used in internet literacy classes and that a group of seventh graders were fooled by the site’s convincing misinformation, I started playing with the idea of why we like to trick people and what it feels like to be tricked … and how cathartic it is when someone who has been tricked gets the last laugh.
My main character, Liesel, is a smart and enthusiastic eight-year-old who really loves to learn about animals. When her brother makes fun of her by being taken in by the tree octopus hoax, she sets off to prove that she’s not so gullible after all. Did you know tree octopuses like Rubix Cubes?
Absolutely True Tales of the Pacific Tree Octopus is the last story in the anthology. If you want to find out more about these mysterious but friendly creatures, you’ll just have to read it.
A Chance to win…
I love to write about clever and determined kids. My middle grade fantasy, Cora and the Nurse Dragon, is about a young girl who lives and breathes dragons and will do anything to have one as a pet. It’s now available in Audio through Amazon and Audible. If you’d like to win an audiobook of this story, go to my Facebook page (facebook.com/hlburkewriter) and tell me which mythical creature you always hoped was really out there somewhere.
H. L. Burke is a mother, military wife, and writer of eclectic fantasy for all ages. Find out more at her website www.hlburkeauthor.com and sign up for her monthly newsletter for a free ebook of her YA Fantasy Beggar Magic.
Fantastic Creatures Anthology
Blurb: Here be dragons … and selkies and griffins and maybe even a mermaid or two.
Twenty fantasy authors band together to bring you a collection of thrilling tales and magical monsters. Do you like to slay dragons? Or befriend them? Do you prefer to meet cephalopods as gigantic kraken or adorable tree octopuses?
Each story focuses around a fantastic creature from folklore or mythology, and they range from light and playful tales for the whole family to darker stories that may make you wish to leave the lights on. These stories carry the Fellowship of Fantasy seal of approval. While our monsters may be horrifying, you won’t stumble into graphic sex and constant swearing.
Perfect for the fantasy lover who can’t get enough of mythical beasts.
Scavenger Hunt Stops
Hop on over and read a few of the awesome authors involved with this anthology.
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